RCE Basque Country-Navarre - 2023

Factoría 4.7 – Ibero-American Platform on Education for Sustainable Development
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Factoría 4.7 – Ibero-American Platform on Education for Sustainable Development
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Basque Country-Navarre
Contributing organization(s) : 
UN Etxea - Basque Country Association for UNESCO
Basque Agency for Development Cooperation (eLankidetza)
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Samuel Fernández Diekert
Organizational Affiliation: 
UN Etxea - Basque Country Association for UNESCO
Format of project: 
Language of project: 
Spanish, Basque, Portuguese, Regional and Indigenous Languages of Ibero America
Date of submission:
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
UNESCO’s #ESDfor2030 Roadmap
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Boost Decree to promote Environmental Education for Sustainability Basque Government
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Basque Strategy on Education for Social Transformation
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Geographical & Education Information
Basque Country
Target Audience:
Community, Higher, Primary, Secondary, Teacher Ed., TVET, Youth (Informal)
Media, Public Institutions, Early Childhood Education
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
The Basque Country has a population of approximately 3 million. The population density, at about 140/km² is above average for both Spain and France, but the distribution of the population is fairly unequal, concentrated around the main cities. A third of the population is concentrated in the Greater Bilbao metropolitan area, while most of the interior of the French Basque Country and some areas of Navarre remain sparsely populated: density culminates at about 500/km² for Biscay but falls to 20/km² in the northern inner provinces of Lower Navarre and Soule.
The Basque Country region is dominated by a warm, humid and wet oceanic climate and the coastal area is part of Green Spain and by extension it affects Bayonne and Biarritz as well. Inland areas in Navarre and the southern regions of the autonomous community are transitional with continental Mediterranean climate with somewhat larger temperature swings between seasons.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
➢ Educational Resources (based on experiential experimentation)
➢ Training for education providers
➢ Curricular inclusion in Education
➢ Institutional and business involvement/leadership
➢ Motivation, awareness, ownership, commitment, willingness and resources
➢ Learning models and tools, as part of the educational processes
➢ Rapprochement of heritage elements closer to the population
➢ Linkages between the different ongoing initiatives and stakeholders
➢ Project materialization, putting into practice what has been set out in policies and laws
➢ Collaborative ESD Strategy
➢ Enhanced ESD inclusion at university, technical and political level
➢ Public institution commitment
➢ Alliances between agents with common objectives (NGOs, institutions, University)
➢ Greater connection between initiatives linked to the three dimensions of sustainability
➢ Cross-cutting physical spaces
➢ Public-private partnerships
➢ Citizenship sensitization
➢ Better communication
July, 2021
UNESCO Etxea is developing the Factoría 4.7 project as part of UNESCO's global strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) within the Ibero American region with the aim of advancing the 2030 Agenda through target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This project will be articulated around (1) knowledge management; (2) multi-stakeholder and multi-sector partnerships; and (3) a communication strategy, all within the Ibero American context.
•Consolidate transformative alliances for Education for Sustainable Development through the dialogue of knowledge, experiences and languages
• Provide simple and attractive tools for ESD
• Contribute to incorporating ESD into educational policies, curricula and frameworks.
• Activate citizenship to contribute to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in Ibero-America.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
1. Main Line of Action (MLA) 1: Knowledge Management in Education for the 2030 Agenda
In order to democratize access to quality pedagogical tools on ESD with a gender and rights approach in Ibero America, Factoría 4.7 will create, feed and manage a digital portal that will make quality ESD pedagogical tools available to any interested agent.
2. MLA 2: Multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance Education for the 2030 Agenda
Factoría 4.7 will promote cooperation within the Latin American space to promote Strategic Alliances around the 2030 Agenda, through Education.
3. MLA 3: Implementing a communication strategy on Agenda 2030
By means of a general strategy on communication for action, UNESCO Etxea will help citizens to feel challenged and main actors of the transformation towards sustainable and inclusive development; to feel part of the 2030 Agenda process, by promoting responsible individual and collective attitudes, to demand a more ambitious action for the 2030 Agenda, and to adopt ways of life putting Human Rights, Gender Equality and Equity, and Environmental Protection at the centre.
Milestones 2021-2023:
MLA 1:
- > 1000 resources for ECCE, Primary ED, Secondary ED, TVET and Higher Education
- Spanish, Basque, Portuguese, 1 Latin American indigenous language
- > 30,000 visits and > 400 queries
MLA 2:
- Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) in ESD Basque Country - Navarre established and recognized
- UNESCO ESD for 2030 Country Initiative of the Government of Spain
- Collaboration frameworks with 3 regional administrations
- National ESD Meeting
- Strategic alliances with agents from 5 Ibero-American countries, National Commissions, UNESCO offices, Ministries of Education, RCEs)
MLA 3:
- Active social networks
Presentation at the Spanish UNESCO ASPnet Meeting 2022
- 2nd International Academic Conference on the SGDs
- Ibero-American Summits
- High Level Political Forum 2023
- Training for >500 teachers
- Training for >500 journalists
- 100 entities subscribed to the newsletter
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
- Boost innovative and inclusive methodologies that seek learning for action in the field of education for sustainability
- Draw up collaborative actions on environmental education and awareness with specific objectives and concrete measures to achieve them
- Core funding from the Basque Agency for Development Cooperation (eLankidetza)
- Seed funding from the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation (AECID) through minor contracts


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Image icon Presentación Factoría 4.7 (31).jpg (2.29 MB) Member entities of RCE Basque Country - Navarre at the official launch event of Factoria 4.7 knowledge platform Javier González (Dr. Minsky)
Image icon Fotos Primer Encuentro (24).jpg (392.58 KB) First consultative meeting presentation Factoria 4.7 Arantza Acha
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Traditional Knowledge  
Curriculum Development 
ESD for 2030-Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Priority Action Area 3 - Developing capacities of educators and trainers 
Priority Action Area 4 - Mobilizing youth 
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
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